Greenland halibut (Blåkveite) is an Arctic fish that is not found in water warmer than 4 degree C. It is similar to Atlantic halibut, but it´s blind side is a little lighter than it´s eyed side. The spawning grounds for Greenland halibut extend along the edge of the continental shelf between Vesterålen and Spitsbergen.
The species reaches sexual maturity at a late age: the male at 4-5 years of age and the female at 9-10 years of age at the earliest. The growing grounds are primarily off the coast of Svalbard. As an adult, sexually mature fish, it lives along the edge of the continental shelf at depths of 600 to 1200 metres, but it can also live in more shallow water.
Greenland halibut consumes fish, squid and crustaceans and is famous for its ability to migrate for long distances. Most of the fishing for Greenland halibut takes place along the edge of the continental shelf as far north as the island of Prins Karls Forland in the Svalbard archipelago.
The stock has remained at a low level during the last 15 years, but is slowly starting to pick up again. Commercial fishing is subject to strict regulations in an attempt to increase the Norwegian stock.
Sold mostly smoked, whole and sliced. Smoked Greenland halibut is best suited for poaching or dishes baked in the oven. In Norway it is usually served with a light sauce and boiled vegetables.
The content of omega-3 fatty acids varies seasonally. Greenland halibut is also a good source of vitamin D. The body needs vitamin D in order to make use of calcium. Calcium is the most important component of the bones and teeth.
Seafood from Norway.
All year round
Rarely sold fresh in the summer
Male is rarely greater than
0.7 m and 4 kg
Female rarely greater than
1 m and 13 kg